25 July 2017

TTJ Innovation Award shortlist unveiled

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A load bearing decorative timber system for floors, roofs & walls and an insulation solution for timber frame manufacturing are just two of the shortlisted products in this year’s TTJ Innovation Awards, joint sponsored by TRADA and Timber Expo.


In addition to Actis Insulation’s ‘Hybris’ solution and Simonon SAS and Cowley Timber & Partners' ‘Sapisol’ decorative timber system, Chalkbarn Natural Products’ ‘Hard Wax Oil’ - a range of finishes for timber floors and furniture made using natural tree resin drying oils - also got the judges' nod for the shortlist.


Completing the quartet of shortlisted entries in the Innovative Product category is MDF Recovery Limited’s ‘MDFR Recycling Technology’, a continuous process for recycling MDF using electrical heating to break down the glue bonds that holds wood fibres together.


Shortlisting for this year’s award took place on at TTJ’s London offices.


The shortlisted entries will now all give a formal presentation to a panel of judges at TRADA’s offices on 22nd August, with the winners announced at the prestigious TTJ Award dinner on 29th Sept 17.


Commenting on the shortlist, Rupert Scott, TRADA’s membership and marketing manager said: “This year’s shortlist presented a great range of solutions to different opportunities and problems to help the timber industry progress.


“We continue to be passionate about supporting innovation in any way that helps to maintain and grow the timber industry, which is why we are so keen to sponsor and run this award with TTJ.”


The 2017 competition was again split into two categories – Innovative Product Development and Innovative University Timber Research.


The Innovative Timber University Research category was added last year to acknowledge the work that university students carry out, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, pushing forward our understanding of ever-expanding applications for timber.


The four shortlisted students for 2017 each got to present to the judges, who this year were: Andrew Waugh, Partner at Waugh Thistleton; Michele Roelofsma, Senior Lecturer from the  University of East London; and TRADA’s Rupert Scott.


The judges certainly had an educational afternoon, listening to and asking questions about the four interesting research projects.


Agustin Dieste, from Edinburgh University, described his work as creating a ‘digitally fabricated reciprocal frame canopy’.  The goal was to create long spans, using short lengths of plywood and a new simple joint detail.


University of Suffolk’s Christopher Coleman used real life case studies to examine how extensions constructed with a main steel framework could be fully constructed in timber rather than a mixture of the two materials.


Meanwhile, Thomas Goldsmith from University of Bath – standing in for Alistair Bradley who undertook the research – presented a PhD project investigating the flood resilience of light timber frame structures.


Finally, University of Cambridge’s Daniel Blower presented his investigation into the use of carbon fibre connections for super tall buildings. Part of a collection of projects managed by Cambridge and involving Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Atelier One.


The winner of the award will again be announced at the TTJ Awards.


Commenting on the award, Tim Belden, University Engagement Programme manager said: “The competition celebrates the hard work that students put in to their research, with the ultimate goal of adding to our knowledge about timber and to helping the timber industry drive forwards the prevalence of timber in construction.”